SHIPLEY LEGAL DEFENSE

Is your hobby collecting guns?

Do you attempt to improve your collection by selling a firearm that another hobbyist wants and then reinvesting in the “latest firearm or piece of gear” found in your favorite gun magazine?

Have you ever had to liquidate some of your collection to finance a project that was very important to you or your family?

FBI Special Agent John Shipley has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in El Paso, Texas for buying and selling firearms without a license. What the government does not understand is that the personal sale of a firearm is NOT illegal.

The Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide clearly states that a “Dealer is defined as:

“(c) Dealer in firearms other than a gunsmith or a pawnbroker. A person who devotes time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms, but such a term shall not include a person who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms.”

Since John’s livelihood is as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) his life is dedicated to upholding and enforcing the laws of the United States of America.

His grandparents sparked his interest in firearms and had even contributed to his collection. But after qualifying for a SWAT team and becoming a sniper for the FBI, his interests and guns began to more closely line up with his needs and wants to become a firearms instructor for the FBI.

In most cases, a crime is committed and justice searches for the person that committed the crime. But in this case, justice has found a person and they are searching for a crime to pin upon him.

  • Having a personal collection of firearms, ammunition, and related items is NOT Illegal.
  • Reading firearms magazines, belonging to a gun club and frequently going to the firing range is also NOT Illegal.
  • Buying and selling guns to improve or enhance a personal collection or to even liquidate a part or all of a collection is NOT Illegal.

So why is John Shipley being accused of selling firearms without a license, when a license is not required?

I guess we will have to watch this case very closely, because if an FBI Special Agent can be targeted, any gun enthusiast could be next!